19 AUGUST 2019


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Article from BTNews 19 AUGUST 2019

Drop-off charges under attack

Manchester, Luton and Stansted airports were singled out for criticism in a new report last week for the amount they charge people for dropping off or picking up passengers.

The RAC said 18 of the UK’s 22 airports have increased or introduced what are known as “kiss-and-fly” charges, with Manchester the most expensive at £4 for 3min. Stansted charges £4 for 10min and Luton £4 for 13min.

East Midlands, Birmingham, Doncaster-Sheffield and Newcastle were all reported by the organisation to have added £1 to their minimum fees this summer, while six airports, including Heathrow and Gatwick, offer free drop-off spaces.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “Many travellers simply do not have easy public transport access to get to the airport and even if they do, they can’t always depend on it getting them to the airport in good time.

“Many drivers dropping off their friends or family will naturally spend only a minute or two doing so, which makes the experience all the more painful.

“Doing your research on the fees charged before heading to drop off or pick up at an airport has to be the best advice.”


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